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GLMX #200: "Repentance," the Movie, and the Gospel

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Recently, I had the opportunity to watch the movie, "Repentance", starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, and Sanaa Lathan. This psychological thriller was originally titled "Vipaka", which is a Buddhist term for karma -- the idea that we reap what we sow and the need for repentance to make things right. 
 
In the film, Thomas Carter (played by Anthony Mackie) is a life coach and a jack-leg psychologist who became popular from a bestselling book that he wrote after his experience in a car wreck five years before. A man, Angel Sanchez (played by Forest Whitaker), is deeply troubled by the "untimely,” strange death of his mother which, unbeknownst to us at the beginning of the film, Thomas and his brother, Ben (played by Mike Epps), have something to do with. Angel goes to Thomas for counseling to help him come to terms with the death of his mother. 
 
Somehow, Angel becomes convinced that Thomas has something to do with the death of his mother. 
 
One day, Thomas visits Angel’s home to tell him that he was going to leave for a while and that he needed to seek counseling from someone else. Angel reacts negatively, ties Thomas up, and kidnaps Thomas' wife and his brother, Ben. Angel begins torturing Thomas to get him to confess the sins of his past, sometimes comically using Thomas' own teachings from his book against him. Angel, of course, is waiting for Thomas to confess his involvement in his mother's death. Thomas begins confessing every sin that he can think of until he gets to the one that apparently relieves Angel's burden.
 
The lesson of this film reminds us of a Biblical truth -- "be sure your sin will find you out." Every wrong thing that we do, no matter how well we think we may have hidden it, will eventually be brought out into the open...

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